Palate: Florals, Juicy Red Fruit, Tobacco, Earthy, Mineral, Raspberry, Light bodied
Nose: Cherry, Pepper, Raspberry, Violet, Black tea, Spicy.
Pairings: Mushroom Ragu with Polenta, Pastas, Pizza
Olivia's March Pick:
Ar.pe.pe's vineyards grow on the steep granite slopes of Montagna, Valtellina Superiore DOCG and their 2018 Rosso di Valtellina is my go-to red at the moment.
I get such a kick out of drinking this high altitude nebbiolo - for both the labour of love behind it and it's drinkability. This nebbiolo hails from Italian mountains, where the Perego family tend to their 13 hectares of terraced vineyards by hand, as they have done for the last 5 generations. Their deep respect for this unique terrior is sensually present through its floral, fruity bouquet and its' elegant palate. A delicate, light, fruity nebbiolo with subtle tannins - a wine that hits the mark in any situation, for me at least!
Also known as the King of Italy, Nebbiolo is from the rolling hills of Piedmont and calls the regions of Barolo and Barbaresco home. Like Pinot Noir, the grape has a wonderful way of expressing the complexities of the local terroir. Nebbiolo has unmistakably high tannins, helping it age incredibly well. But it’s also highly perfumed with red fruit and earthy tones. Some producers, including ones in Australia, are experimenting with more easy-drinking styles too. For this wine, save your prime cuts and rich meat, like duck, pork shank or prime rib.